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  • Twins Minor League Report (8/25): Ryan Cruises, Sabato's Kernels Debut


    Ted Schwerzler

    It was another Joe Ryan start for the Saints, which means plenty of strikeouts and a stingy effort. 2020 1st round pick Aaron Sabato also made his High-A debut in a doubleheader for Cedar Rapids.

    Image courtesy of Ed Bailey, Wichita Wind Surge

    TRANSACTIONS

    • IF Zander Wiel was activated from the St. Paul Injured List and released from the Twins organization

    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Toledo 4, St. Paul 2
    Box Score

    Joe Ryan took the ball for the Saints tonight and continued his impressive performance since joining the Twins organization. He worked five innings and allowed just a single run on four hits and a walk. Continuing to rack up strikeouts, he punched out eight on the evening.

    Luke Farrell began his rehab stint for the Twins and worked 1 2/3 innings giving up two runs on two hits but did strike out three batters.

    Mark Contreras tallied St. Paul’s first runs on a two-run blast in the 6th inning. His 13th homer of the year scored Byron Buxton and gave the Saints a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, Toledo took the lead back in the 7th, and top prospect Spencer Torkelson launched his first homer for the Mud Hens in the 8th.

    Contreras contributed a multi-hit effort and was joined by the rehabbing Buxton who was also 2-for-4.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Tulsa 3, Wichita 2
    Box Score

    The Wind Surge sent Tyler Beck to the bump tonight, and he contributed 5 2/3 of solid work. Giving up three runs on four hits, he was burned by the longball with three leaving the yard. Beck did record six strikeouts on the evening to balance out the three free passes.

    Wichita kicked off the scoring in the 4th inning when Trey Cabbage homered for the 15th time with Wichita, his 24th overall this season. The 1-0 lead was erased in the 5th inning before Tulsa added two more runs in the 6th inning.

    Roy Morales looked to make things interesting when he plated Chris Williams in the 7th inning, but that’s when the rally fell short.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1: Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 1
    Box Score

    It was Louie Varland’s turn in the rotation tonight, and he put up a solid effort. Working five strong innings allowing just two runs on six hits, he limited the damage by fanning five and walking just one batter.

    Cedar Rapids trailed after the 1st inning, but it was Wander Javier who singled to drive in Aaron Sabato and tie things up in the 2nd inning. Mustering just two more hits the rest of the way, Beloit’s additional two runs were never matched.

    No one recorded a multi-hit effort for the Kernels in this one, but Sabato did register his first hit, a double, in his first at bat.

    Game 2: Cedar Rapids 6, Beloit 4
    Box Score

    Looking to split the doubleheader the Kernels turned to Tyler Watson in the nightcap. He lasted only four innings, but gave up just three runs on two hits and two walks. Watson did strike out two batters but was burned by a home run. Derek Molina worked two innings in relief and earned his seventh win of the season.

    Cedar Rapids jumped out to the early lead in this one after Wander Javier jacked a solo shot, his 11th of the season, in the 2nd inning. Trailing following a 4th inning three-run blast, the Kernels went to work in the 6th inning.

    Javier started the scoring again by driving in Sabato with a single. Jeferson Morales then crushed a three-run homer to score Seth Gray and Javier while recapturing the lead and providing some distance. Edouard Julien doubled up the Snappers score when his single allowed Gabriel Maciel to score the sixth run for Cedar Rapids.

    This was an equal effort with only Javier providing two hits on the evening. Sabato did hit his second double in as many games, and started his High-A exposure by going 2-for-6 in the doubleheader.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Game 1: Bradenton 7, Fort Myers 0
    Box Score

    Fort Myers went with a bullpen effort in this one as Casey Legumina took the ball in the 1st inning. He struck out two batters and walked one but left the inning unscathed.

    Unfortunately,  Bradenton put up a three spot in the third inning, and with a run in between, replicated that in the 6th inning. The Mighty Mussels mustered just two hits in the front half of the doubleheader, and it wasn't going to be enough to catch the Maurauders.

    Game 2: Fort Myers 12, Bradenton 1
    Box Score

    Matt Mullenbach was on to make his Low-A debut and worked four innings, allowing just one run on six hits while punching out four batters. Despite this one going into the early hours of Thursday morning, he was as sharp as can be expected.

    Charles Mack scored on a 2nd inning wild pitch to give Fort Myers their first lead before Patrick Winkel drove in Justin Washington in the 3rd inning. The Mighty Mussels were flexing again in the 4th inning as Alerick Soularie drove in Washington and Will Holland to double up their output.

    In the 7th inning, still leading 4-1, Fort Myers added on in a big way for good measure. Jesus Feliz hit his sixth homer of the season, a three-run blast, that pushed the lead to six. A bases loaded walk for Willie Joe Garry scored Mack, and a Holland Single scored Christian Encarnacion-Strand. Washington worked the second bases loaded walk of the inning, and that was followed by walks for Soularie and Winkel. The Mighty Mussels added eight total in the frame, and four came by way of the free pass.

    Soularie, Winkel, and Holland all posted multi-hit efforts on the nightcap that stretched into the early morning hours.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    Scheduled day off

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Pitcher of the Day - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 8 K
    Hitter of the Day - Mark Contreras (St. Paul) - 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR(13)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 0-3, BB, 2 K
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-5, 2B, K
    #7 - Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 8 K
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - No game
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 1-3
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List 
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-6,BB, 3 K
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-1, K (PH)
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - No game
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-3, K
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-4, 2 K

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    St. Paul @ Toledo (5:35 PM CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (0-1, 3.38 ERA)
    Tulsa @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (4-2, 3.42 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (1-1, 3.27 ERA)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:00 PM CST) - RHP Sean Mooney (0-1, 1.08 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games

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    Speaking of Torkelson, the Tigers' 2020 first round pick out of college is apparently in AAA. Meanwhile, Aaron Sabato, the Twins' 2020 first round pick out of college just got promoted....to high A ball.

    Shows you there's a big difference between those top 5 spots in the draft and the bottom 5 spots.

    Maybe tanking the rest of the year would be just what the doctor ordered?

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    It appears that Larnach brought his struggles at the plate with the Twins with him on his return to St. Paul. ☹️

    I hope he can turn it around soon as having him and Rooker being misses will negatively impact the Twins' ability to return to competitiveness.

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    Wiel was one of my favorite underdogs so sad to see him go.  He had a promising 2019 but his OPS for a first baseman was never close to where it needed to be and the Twins have a glut at the position right now as it is.  They likely did him a favor if he can catch onto another team. He has a lot of talent but it just goes to show how hard it is to get to MLB.

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    1 hour ago, puckstopper1 said:

    It appears that Larnach brought his struggles at the plate with the Twins with him on his return to St. Paul. ☹️

    I hope he can turn it around soon as having him and Rooker being misses will negatively impact the Twins' ability to return to competitiveness.

    Zero concerns about Larnach... 

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    8 hours ago, Rosterman said:

    Zander was rehabing at the FCL League, and not doing all that well. Was wondering what his fate would be, since he is a minor league free agent. But he was also a legit first baseman with experience,. Good luck on wherever his path takes him.

     

    He's old from minor league standpoint now, but was with the Twins in Spring Training. There was a time he looked like a legit big league bat.

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    8 hours ago, blindeke said:

    hardly a ripping double from Sabato. He got lucky...

    Uh yeah... luck is always a factor in baseball.  Baseball is the only sport where you can do everything perfectly.... and still fail.

    He did what he was supposed to do... 107.3 MPH.  That is the text book definition of a very hard hit ball.

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    3 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

    Zero concerns about Larnach... 

    I agree. Larnach's batting average may not look great, but he's flashing some power fans have really wanted to see. His ISO at AAA is .263. Plus, small sample size.

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    5 hours ago, mikelink45 said:

    Ryan has done enough - put him in the rotation - why are we waiting?  Call up Miranda, Ryan and get us ready for 2022. 

    They are waiting until Saints are either out of playoffs or season is over for Saints.  What is point of brining them up prior to that to have a couple more meaningless games in the majors?  They can get some experience playing meaningful games late in season at the minors at least. 

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    3 hours ago, Trov said:

    They are waiting until Saints are either out of playoffs or season is over for Saints.  What is point of brining them up prior to that to have a couple more meaningless games in the majors?  They can get some experience playing meaningful games late in season at the minors at least. 

    No playoffs in Triple-A this year... 

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    On a night where something called John Gant, Kyle Barraclaugh and Edgar Garcia have so far given up 11 runs...the rest of Joe Ryan's starts in 2021 need to be in a Twins uniform.  

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    14 hours ago, Yargwin said:

    What's going on with Mark Contreras? Does he get a look at some point? Guy seems to be raking in AAA, but I don't know much about him. 

    Terrible plate discipline. 6.3% BB, 29.9% K. Looks like Rooker with less power and plate discipline, but more speed.

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    On 8/26/2021 at 12:09 AM, Rosterman said:

    Zander was rehabing at the FCL League, and not doing all that well. Was wondering what his fate would be, since he is a minor league free agent. But he was also a legit first baseman with experience,. Good luck on wherever his path takes him.

     

    He'll probably end up on Detroit! 

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